Our Space - 17th EK Guides
17th EK November 21 Update from Brown Owl:
All three units are meeting in Glebe St Hall at the same times as before but the sessions are shorter to allow for Covid cleaning:
Brownies 6.30pm and
Our numbers are also reduced as follows;
Rainbows 18, Brownies 24 and Guides 18.
The girls are all working on the GG programme and we are supplementing this with other events, planting out community pots in the village for winter and donating filled pots to the residents at McKillop Gardens.
Our Halloween Fun Night was held on Zoom.
In December, the girls are looking forward to decorating a church window for Christmas, a trip to the cinema (no panto this year) and a Guiding Christingle Service.
Back on the 22nd of June we had our first face to face meeting, outdoors, with the Guides. The sun was shining & it was lovely just to chill out while eating our picnics and to catch up with them all.
After the picnic the girls were presented with the badges earned during the term: we had a Promise celebration, and Sarah received a certificate in celebration of being the first Guide in our unit to complete all 24 Interest badges.
Achieving a bronze, silver or gold section award is a special achievement in guiding and we were absolutely delighted to present:
Sarah, Ella, Mia & Jane with the Guide Bronze award
Sarah achieved the section Silver award
Jane and Sarah were also presented with the section Gold Award (the highest award in Guides).
Huge congratulations to each of them for their incredible hard work and well done to all our Guides on achieving so many badges this past Guiding year!
Lynne, Louise and All the Guides
17th EK Brownies (Aug 21)
I am very proud to say since March 2020 all our guiding units, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides have been meeting weekly on Zoom keeping the girls connected. 2020/21 has been particularly difficult but we all rose to the challenge and needless to say we were delighted when F2F meetings could resume from May 2021, wonderful. With all our Covid protocols and risk assessments in place we met at the grassy area down from St Brides and it was amazing, to have games, sing and basically share in a normal night. We had a historical walk round sites in the Village where the girls achieved their Local History badge and our final night on Tues 5th June was a woodland adventure to the K-woodlands. Seven new Brownies made their promise at that event just wonderful. I attach below pictures of our adventures and all the badges the girls have worked on since Jan 2021.
So between supporting our girls and leaders, planting to improve our local environment we have been busy little Brownies. Fingers crossed we are back in our beloved hall from the start of new term in September.
On behalf of all the girls and leaders with wish you all a fab summer, keep safe
Christine Tweedie Brown Owl
17th EK GUIDES
As the summer break approaches, I thought I would share some of the activities the Guides have been up to since April. The Guides have worked hard on the Whittling, Recycling & Aspirations Interest badges.
They learned about shadow puppetry & the role of Foley Artists. They had fun making a shadow puppet theatre & puppets from recycled materials then using these to retell the story of ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ with their amazing home made sound effects.
The Guides got stuck in with the “Can’t believe its butter” unit meeting activity. They had so much fun and even more fun tasting it! After a lot of shaking, accompanied by a bit of a boogie to some songs, they managed to transform whipping cream into butter. All the girls loved the taste of the homemade butter and got a chance to learn about the chemistry behind butter making.
The girls enjoyed planting sunflower seeds (we are having a unit competition to see who can grow the tallest): our thanks go to Morrisons in Lindsayfield who kindly supplied the seeds, pots & compost all free of charge. The girls are hoping the tomatoes they planted in recycled juice cartons grow.
Our budding artists had a lively session with Illustrator Liz Million learning how to draw a Snow Leopard, Lion, a Yeti and a Donkey. The Navy led a zoom session called “Lost at Sea” where we had to prioritise 15 items in order of importance for rescue and survival – this certainly led to a thought-provoking discussion!
You may remember last month we mentioned that one of our Guides had succeeded in reaching the initial part of Girlguiding Scotland’s International Community Experience (ICE)? Since then, Ella has undertaken part 1 of her ICE Adventure, she writes:
“I have recently been invited to participate in ICE (International Community Experience) this year through guides. I had such great fun and had a new experience all together. This year because of COVID it was over zoom but there was still a lot to do. I learned new things like how to build a Swiss chalet out of lollipop sticks, what girlguiding is really all about and different things I could do to help out in my community. I’m so glad I got this opportunity.”
At the time of writing this article we are putting plans in place to hold our first face to face meeting in 15 months, outdoors in Plathorn Park (just down from St Brides Church) - weather permitting, for an end of term picnic, badge award ceremony & celebration of their achievements. We can’t wait!
Wishing everyone a wonderful, sunny, restful summer!
Lynne, Louise, Nicola & Rachel and All the Guides